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Janet (Gay) Holliday Obituary
Janet Gay Holliday, 85, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, Md.

She was born Aug. 16, 1933, in Oak Hill, W.V. to Bertie and Ocie (Burgess) Hall. She was a 1951 graduate of Collins High School. She married Daniel "Dan" M. Holliday on Aug. 6, 1952, in Washington D.C. She spent the first half of her adult life as a loving mother to her children and devoted wife to her Foreign Service officer husband, Dan, mostly living and working overseas in Venezuela, Belgium and Brazil. Prior to their life together overseas they lived in Albuquerque, N.M., where Janet attended the University of New Mexico and worked for Los Alamos National Laboratory; in Atlantic City, N.J., where she worked for the National Aviation Facilities Experimental Center, and in Washington, D.C., where she worked on Capitol Hill for several U.S. congressmen in the early 1960s. Later, when they returned to Washington D.C. from overseas, she worked again on Capitol Hill for Sen. Samuel "Sam" J. Ervin (N.C.), chairman of the Senate Watergate Committee in the 1970s, and then Sen. Robert C. Byrd (W.V.), the Senate majority and minority leader in the 1980s. After Dan's passing in 1979 she joined the U.S. State Department herself, and for more than 16 years served in many African and Asian countries, including Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Indonesia. After mandatory retirement at age 65, she continued to work for the State Department as a contractor and was posted to Vietnam, Cambodia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Mongolia and Micronesia.

Janet obviously loved to travel, and she also loved home decorating, gardening, arranging flowers, attending and serving her church and shopping for and collecting Asian antiques, furniture, art and rugs.

She was diminutive in size yet was a formidable, strong, brave and independent woman who lived her life fully and fearlessly. She is predeceased by her husband Daniel, daughter Felicia, and son Daniel II.

She is survived by son Stephen, daughter-in-law Lori, granddaughter Kelly, grandson Joshua, granddaughter-in-law Kayla, great-grandson Paxton, and son-in-law Mike (Lewis). She is one of 12 siblings and is predeceased by her parents, sisters Jacqui and Maryanne, and brothers Monte and Forrest. She is survived by sisters Clara and Carol, and brothers Dick, David, Pat, Mike and Allen.

No services are planned at this time; though at a later date to be determined her ashes will be interred beside her beloved late husband and children in Oak Hill, W.V. Memorial donations may be made to the .
Published in Dover Post from Oct. 30 to Nov. 8, 2018
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